MoreySmith completes the first of nine phases in the refurbishment of Channel 4’s 13 500m2 London headquarters this week, as the broadcaster moves to consolidate its real estate and introduce a more creative work environment.
The group – which started work on the project in February 2003 – has a broad remit, encompassing the open plan office space, accommodating 700 staff, meeting rooms, breakout, cafÃ© and reception areas. Two further buildings are also likely to be revamped after completion of the project in 2005.
According to MoreySmith principal director Linda Morey Smith, the work is being driven by Channel 4 chief executive Mark Thompson, who was appointed in 2002. Initially the group took a ‘functional brief’, but Thompson’s involvement moved it towards a more creative solution, she says.
‘[Thompson] wanted us to deliver an environment that focused on creativity, communication and images, one that reflects the buzz of what a TV station should be about,’ Morey Smith explains.
The refreshed interiors will feature communal, bench-style working areas, with two flat screens – a television and computer monitor – provided for each member of staff.
The group is also introducing purple carpets, white desks and glass panels with adaptable coloured LED lighting. Large graphic panels of artwork and photography are also planned.
The group was appointed to the project on the strength of previous work for Channel 4. MoreySmith design director Simon Flint is lead creative on the project.